Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on Tuesday

Coastal Carolina baseball split Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference doubleheader with the Georgia Southern Eagles, taking game one by a score of 9-7 and dropping game two 13-12, as the Chants’ comeback bid fell short in the nightcap at Springs Brooks Stadium.

With the split, the Chants move to 24-16-1 overall, 9-8 in Sun Belt play and 5-5 in doubleheaders this season.

Game 1: Coastal Carolina 9, Georgia Southern 7

Coastal Carolina hit three home runs and scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to hold off the Georgia Southern Eagles for the 9-7 game one win on Saturday afternoon.

The Chants saw a 7-1 lead evaporate over the seventh and eighth innings but plated two runs in the bottom half of the eighth to hold on for the two-run win and to even the series up at 1-1. The win snapped the Chanticleers’ four-game losing streak, its longest of the season.

Offensively, Kieton Rivers (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) and Parker Chaver (2-for-3, HR, BB, RBI, 2 runs, SB) combined for three home runs, while Mike Koenig (2-for-4, RBI) also had two base hits in the win. Cory Wood (1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI, run) and Cameron Pearcey (1-for-4, 2B, SF, 2 RBIs, run) each had a double for the game.

Rivers’ two home runs mark the second time this season that the senior outfielder has hit two home runs in the same game, accomplishing the feat back on March 27 at home versus UNCW.

For the Eagles, catcher Christian Avant (3-for-4, 2B, 2 runs) entered the game in the third to post the lone extra-base hit for the visitors, while Jason Swan (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) and Noah Ledford (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) each drove in two RBIs in the loss.

Out of the bullpen, Zach McCambley (5-2) picked up the win. The righty allowed two runs on two hits, a walk and struck out three batters over the final 2.2 innings of the contest.

Starter Anthony Veneziano left the game in the seventh with the lead, as he allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits, three walks and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the mound.

The loss fell to GS reliever Cole Whitney (3-3), as he gave up one run on three walks and two strikeouts in 1.0 inning of work.

Game 2: Georgia Southern 13, Coastal Carolina 12

Coastal made a valiant comeback effort with five runs in the bottom of the ninth, yet fell just one run short in the 13-12 game two loss on Saturday night. The Chants surrendered six unearned runs on three errors in the loss.

The high-scoring and back-and-forth contest saw three lead changes and a total of seven runs scored in the final inning of play.

Wood (4-for-5, 2B, 3 runs, SB), Biermann (2-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBIs, run) and Skeels (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 runs) all had multiple hits for the game, while Chavers (1-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs) matched Biermann with a team-high three RBIs. Rivers (1-for-4, SF, 2 RBIs) also had two runs batted in in the loss.

Coastal (24-16-1, 9-8 Sun Belt) will return to the road for a four-game road swing beginning at nationally-ranked North Carolina on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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